Join us while we go through some of the players to keep an eye on during the 2018 tennis season, which begins in less than two weeks.
These three players should present some valuable betting opportunities throughout the year.Gael Monfils
Known as one of the most impressive athletes in tennis history, Gael Monfils enjoyed his best season on the tour in 2016, ending the year as the world No. 7 with an unprecedented appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals. However, 2017 proved to be one of the worst years in Gael's career, with the Frenchman unable to compete at his best throughout most of the season due to several physical problems. Monfils was forced to withdraw from the last three months of the year because of a knee injury.
For that reason, Monfils, 31, will start 2018 outside the top 45 and as one of the most dangerous non-seeded players at the Australian Open. He wants to put 2017 behind him with an extra focus on the clay-court season. For the first time in his career, Monfils will compete on the South American clay season in February -- Quito, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.Nicolas Jarry
Nicolas Jarry, 22, is ready to take a step forward and compete on the ATP World Tour. For the first time, Jarry secured direct entry into an ATP 250 event after winning three titles on the Challenger Tour in 2017. Known as an exceptional clay-court player, Jarry won 68.29 percent of the matches played on red dirt over the last 12 months. On the other hand, the Chilean ended 2017 with a terrific 64.29 winning percentage against players with higher rank than him on hard court and grass.
Even though the transition for the ATP World Tour is never easy, Nicolas should feature some good runs in 2018. Adding to this, Jarry should be a terrific investment when playing on altitude due to his powerful game style and large experience on these game conditions.Felix Auger-Aliassime
Last year, at age 17, Felix Auger-Aliassime became the youngest player to reach the top 200 since Rafael Nadal in 2002. Over the past 20 years, only three players younger than the Canadian have made their top-200 debut. Adding to this, Auger-Aliassime is the second-youngest player to win multiple titles on the ATP Challenger Tour.
After playing his first full pro season in 2017, Felix spent part of December training with Roger Federer in Dubai. This experience will make him not only a better player but will also help him handle the pressure of being one of the most promising young players on the ATP World Tour. Auger-Aliassime has revealed that his goals for 2018 are to qualify for a Grand Slam event and finish the year in the top 100. Despite his age, he is definitely a player to keep an eye on and it shouldn’t take long before we see him competing against the best players in the world.